September 30 2014 Romance Weekly

#LoveChatWrite

#LoveChatWrite

Do you like to read romance novels? Wouldn't you like to know more about your favorite authors? Well you came to the right place! Join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all..... About our writing of course! Every week we'll answer questions and after you've enjoyed the blog on this site we'll direct you to another. So come back often for a thrilling ride! Tell your friends and feel free to ask us questions in the comment box.

Welcome!

We have a great set of questions today from romance and suspense writer, Vicki Mixon. You could be starting the hop or coming from Hot As Blazes author Dani Jace. Check out Dani's blog post, too. 

Was there a defining moment in your life when you knew you were going to become a writer? If so, what was it?

My love of romance books.

My love of romance books.

I do have a moment. It’s only defining because it was when the lightbulb in my head went off and the neon sign flashed a brilliant pink. I was consoling myself with a stack of favorite romance author titles and a few new books I had purchased for the weekend. I had been pondering what to do with my life for a few years. I had a good life, a good career but something was missing. I wanted to do something that would engage my mind but at the same time I would be able to create something for myself. I poured over personality books and career books to find out if maybe I matched them up wrong in my current configuration. Everything seemed too hard. (I laugh now because there is nothing I’ve done that’s harder than writing (and editing!) a full length manuscript.) I was writing in my journal about how directionless I had been feeling when it dawned on me that I had always been a writer. I had written stories and journals since before I could remember. I also had devoured romance books since I was twelve and loved reading anything since I learned how. I thought this would be sooo easy. I’ve read so many romance books and often wanted to change some of them to how I thought they should go. It seemed the perfect fit to write my own. Well, it has been easy and incredible difficult. But I guess I finally found the correct personality and career configuration because I’m still at it and can’t image my life without it.

When you write a story do you see it unfold as one big picture, or do you add layering in subsequent drafts?

Adding layers makes it ohhh soo good!

Adding layers makes it ohhh soo good!

I think it’s both. Ideas come to me at odd moments and they usually get jotted down on paper or in an electronic file. Then they simmer for a while. I see the idea unfold into a story a lot like a movie but perhaps it’s more like a series of trailers. I have a general idea of the whole picture and get it down as quickly as possible. When it’s time to edit I usually get moments where more details spring up and make the story fuller with each edit I do. This is probably because the edit process makes me slow down (like a snail) and I have time to really get into the meat of the story.

How many drafts do you usually write before you send your work to your editor? 

What comes after five?

What comes after five?

Oh crap. I was supposed to count them? On my current work in progress I would say I’m on draft seven or eight. Those are full manuscript edits. Sometimes I think I’m suffering from perfectionist syndrome until I come across a really bad chapter and then I breathe a sigh of relief that no one had read it but me. But I also edit a chapter several times as I’m going through the manuscript. I could easily have read and made edits to a chapter four to five times in one day before I call it quits then the next day I read it over again just to make sure. (This is why I’m in editing hell right now. But you know us writers do anything for our babies!)

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All done! Hop on over to Murder & Mayhem and find out Elizabeth Janette's insights. 

See you next week.